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Billl Johnson Statement on President Trump's FY 2018 Budget Submission

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Washington, May 23, 2017 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951) | comments
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement following President Donald Trump’s FY 2018 budget submission:
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Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement following President Donald Trump’s FY 2018 budget submission:

America is over $20 trillion in debt, and I'm glad we now have a President who understands that we can’t keep spending money we don’t have. There is no question the federal government can, and must, be better stewards of taxpayer dollars. It is possible to grow our economy, create jobs, and provide for national security all while shrinking the size of our federal government and our national debt.  This budget will kickstart an important, and overdue, debate about the need and effectiveness of many federal programs. As a member of the House Budget Committee, I look forward to carefully reviewing it. Remember, what is released today is just a blueprint – not the final budget.  The final budget must be approved by Congress.

However, I will not be a rubber stamp for any proposal from the White House.  As an example, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is critically important to the people of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, and I will do everything in my power to ensure ARC receives full funding. I’m also very concerned about any reduction of funds to programs under the Office of National Drug Control Policy. I spearheaded a letter to the White House with three of my House colleagues (2 Democrats and another Republican) that fought for this money in the budget blueprint.  There are areas of federal, discretionary spending that are wasteful and/or duplicitous that should be looked at very closely. But funding going towards ARC and the opioid fight should not be on the cutting block.   

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